Menzies Aviation appoints global head of cargo

Beau Paine. Source: Air Menzies

Ground handler Menzies Aviation has appointed a global head of cargo and two additional senior appointments as it targets growth in the freight business.

Beau Paine has been appointed to the new role and will also retain his current role of senior vice president of cargo Oceania and Southeast Asia.

Beau joined Menzies in 2005 and has led the Australian cargo team since 2018, and the wider OSEA team since 2021.

He will be tasked with working closely with the company’s regional cargo teams to grow and develop the business as part of its cargo expansion strategy.

“He will be responsible for fortifying Menzies’ position as the leading cargo handler in the market, enabling it to grow its services and use of new technologies,” the company said.

“This includes the global roll-out of its next-generation warehouse management system, Menzies Aviation Cargo Handling (MACH), delivered in partnership with Wipro.”

Meanwhile, Kayla Moa has been appointed vice president cargo operations, Australia.

She joined Menzies in 2005 and will oversee the company’s local cargo operations “with a focus on delivering safe and secure services for its customers”.

And Karl Aldwinckle has also been announced as the new vice president cargo Europe.

Based at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR), he will be responsible for increasing Menzies cargo footprint in Europe, along with supporting the rollout of new technologies.

The handler has recently opened several new locations including Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in the US and José María Córdova International Airport (MDE) in Colombia.

A joint venture (JV) with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BLR) in India, involves the construction of a new domestic cargo facility with an initial capacity of 250,000 tonnes and increasing the capacity of the international cargo facility, while a JV at Santiago International Airport (SCL) in Chile will include all-new import cargo facilities.

In South Africa, Menzies has partnered with South African Airways (SAA) Cargo to undertake a significant refurbishment of its cargo terminals at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

Renovations at the terminals include investment in electric vehicles and ground service equipment, solar energy, energy efficient lighting and a full recycling programme.

Philipp Joeinig, chief executive, Menzies Aviation, said: “Our cargo business has rapidly expanded, growing from 49 locations in 2021 to 75 this year, and we have ambitious plans to take this even further.

“With signs that cargo demand is strengthening, we’ve created a solid platform for growth, and I look forward to working with Beau, Karl and Kayla as we undertake this new chapter in our cargo journey.”

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]